Gunman kills at least 19 children at Texas elementary school – The Associated Press
Officials said that an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing at least 19 children and three adults. It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
The school district superintendent said the attack broke him and that the community needed prayers to get through it. The attack came just 10 days after a deadly, rampage at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket.
The gunman killed his grandmother and then went inside the school with two rifles he had purchased on his birthday.
The governor identified the attacker as Salvador Ramos, a resident of the community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio. A Border Patrol agent shot and killed the gunman, who was behind a barricade.
The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School, and heavily armed law enforcement officers swarmed to the scene. Biden was briefed on the shooting on Air Force One during a flight back from Asia.
In 2018, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area and 23 people at a Walmart in El Paso.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, a bipartisan proposal to expand the nation’s background check system was negotiated by Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey but failed to get enough votes to clear a 60-vote filibuster hurdle.
Two bills to expand background checks on firearms purchases were passed in the House but failed in the Senate.
In a country where schools are supposed to be safe there has to be answers to protect the kids.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Gunman kills at least 18 children at Texas elementary school The Associated Press
- Uvalde Texas: School shooting suspect shot and killed grandmother before entering campus: officials ABC7
- How many children have to die before America changes its gun laws? The Independent
- San Antonio campuses banning backpacks after deadly school shooting in Uvalde mySA
- Editorial: School shootings like that in Uvalde are killing the nation’s soul slowly Los Angeles Times
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